Leslie Lynn Conner Jr.
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Leslie Lynn Conner Jr., 69, of Edmond, Okla., passed away peacefully on March 13, 2009, in Oklahoma City after a two-year struggle with lymphoma. Leslie was born July 15, 1939, in Oklahoma City, to Leslie L. Conner Sr. and Grace Conner. He graduated Northwest Classen High School in 1957. He attended the University of Oklahoma, Norman, where he met and married Nancy Newblock in 1960. He graduated from OU with honors, 1961, then received his LL.B. law degree, 1963. Leslie was a member of Beta Theta Pi. Leslie's military service included duty as a judge advocate in the Strategic Air Command, 1963-1966, plus 22 years in the U.S. Air Force Reserves, 1961-1983, during which he received both the Air Force Commendation Medal and Air Force Meritorious Service Medal. Leslie retired as a Lieutenant Colonel. Leslie's distinguished legal career was the manifestation of his desire to serve others. His leadership helmed the Oklahoma City law firm of Conner & Little from 1966 to 1990. Thereafter, he was of counsel with Little & Morgan, 1990-1992, and on his own as Leslie L. Conner Jr., P.C., from 1992 until his death. He was an experienced judge, arbitrator, mediator, fact-finder, hearing officer and hearing examiner, having arbitrated and mediated cases in Kansas, Indiana, Louisiana, Oklahoma and Texas. His judicial and arbitration experience included the Oklahoma City Municipal Court (special judge, 1990-1996), the NYSE (commercial arbitrator, 1971-2009), the Oklahoma State Insurance Commission (hearing examiner, 1995-2009) and the Oklahoma State Dept. of Education (fact-finder and hearing officer, 1993-2009). He was president of the Oklahoma Bar Association in 1980. Leslie took great pride in civic service, including the board of trustees of Heritage Hall School (president, 1979-82). He greatly valued his service on the board of directors for the First State Bank of Jones, in Jones, Okla. (1972-2009), where he had just become chairman of that board. He also passionately served his church, the United Methodist Church of Nichols Hills, where he had been a member since 1963 and had served in a variety of capacities, including as a lay leader. Expanding on those philosophies, he joined the board of the Epworth Villa (Central Oklahoma United Methodist Retirement Facility) in 1989, years before the facility was built. There he served in several capacities, including chairman of the board (2007-2009). He passed away at Epworth Villa. Leslie traveled widely with friends, and was especially fond of northern New Mexico with friends and the coast of Maine with family. He was a connoisseur of fine foods, and loved a good cigar with a glass of port. He collected jokes, and part of his service to others was always having a humorous thought or story at hand to make someone smile. Leslie is survived by his wife of 49 years, Nancy Conner sister Pat Coggan of Dallas three children: Debbie Hembree of Ft. Smith, Ark., Lauren Delpesce of Des Moines, Iowa, and Thomas Conner of Chicago and four grandchildren: Lawson Hembree V, Christopher Hembree, Ashley Delpesce and Keller Delpesce.A memorial service to celebrate his life will be 2 p.m. Tuesday, March 17, at United Methodist Church of Nichols Hills, 1212 Bedford Drive, OKC 73116. In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to the church or to Epworth Villa, 14901 N. Pennsylvania, OKC 73134.


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Published in Oklahoman from Mar. 16 to Mar. 17, 2009.
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March 22, 2009
I was acquainted with Mr. Conner through his activities with the State Department of Education as a fact-finder. I enjoyed working with him and valued his friendship in our activities together. I was so sorry to hear of his passing and want to express my sincere condolences to his family. Bill Hodges
William (Bill) Hodges
March 20, 2009
I should of put my name with the previous entry, Sorry for your loss! Kevin Wittrock
Kevin Wittrock
March 20, 2009
I want to first say that I had only met Leslie on one occasion, I was with my mother at a trying time to find out if her cancer had returned in another area at the doctors office at Mercy. Thankfully she was clear! He was sitting next to us in the lobby and I opened a conversation and found it to be quite delightful, my father and I sat there and had a great conversation about Epworth and several other things. I could tell that he was a man of standards and principle and regret that I did not followup with him for lunch. A phrase came to my mind about Leslie, "The content of a man's character, is not where he stands in times of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy"! Thou this was just a couple of months ago he had left a lasting impression on me and my dad. I informed my mom and dad last night of his passing and they was saddened by this loss too. I wish that I had know him better, but wanted you to know that he had an impact on my life for just a brief moment and what a great one it was.
March 17, 2009
Nancy, Debbie, Lauren and Tom,
I was so sorry to about Les's passing. I am grateful to have had the opportunity to tell him how special he was to me when I saw him last Easter at QCreek. Les gave me my first job out of law school. He was a great mentor and a very special man. I will keep your family in my thoughts and prayers.
Elizabeth Mee Payne
March 17, 2009
Nancy, Debbie, Lauren & Thomas,
I was so sorry to hear of your Dad's passing.
Please know that you are all in my thoughts and prayers during these difficult times.
Jacqueline Thompson Jones
March 17, 2009
Lauren, Vernon, Ash and Keller,
Keeping you and your family close in prayer today and through the days of healing ahead. May you find strength and comfort through Christ's promise of eternal life.
Ryan and Stephanie Wynne and family
March 16, 2009
I met Leslie, (I usually called him Lynn) in the 7th grade at Harding. We were in the same metalwork class. He had successfully run for class shop foreman. I voted for him, and never regetted it a day. He made good on all of his campaign promises, because even in the 7th grade, that's how he chose to live his life. I don't remember why he told me the following, but it is one of those fond memories of youth---he told me that his parents would buy him two pairs of jeans at the start of each semester and they had to last until the next semester.
I always looked forward to running into him whenever I would return to OKC for a Northwest Classen reunion. He was a good person and will be missed.
Stan Rosenfield
March 16, 2009
Les and I were friends at NW Classen. But so were so many others. Les was just that way. Such an honorable and selfless person leaves examples for us all to follow. Nancy I'm sorry.
Bill Robberson
March 16, 2009
You will always live in our hearts and prayers.
Cathy Hubert
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